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a big olympic controversy brewing in rio. two american swimmers yanked off a plane. they have to stay in brazil as questions emerge about an armed robbery they reported days earlier. why is there a count of the robbery in doubt and what officials are saying about it. donald trump's campaign reboot is now off and running. now soon will we see a new version of trump being trump on the campaign trail? good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm george howell.
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>> i'm romachristine romans. we begin with breaking news overnight. brazilian police pulling two american swimmers off their plane back to the u.s. and seizing passports and attempting to serve a warrant on medal winner ryan lochte only that he has left brazil. authorities say they want to question all four of the olympic swimmers about their report they were robbed by gunmen dressed as police officers. investigators questioning the truthfulness of the report based on inconsistencies in the swimmers and the behavior after alleged robbery. we want to bring in nick payton walsh with the latest. >> reporter: two swimmers who have not been questioned by brazilian police in the early
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hours of sunday morning we they said they were robbed by men dressed as police. they left a nightclub. two have been taken off a plane back to the united states by brazilian police. now as far as we understand, from a police source near the airport, they have been questioned and passports have been taken from them. they will be allowed to go around brazil, but still it is not quite clear when the passports will be given back to them. this is another remarkable development. earlier today, we heard from rio judge that ryan lochte, one of the most famous swimmers at the games and fellow swimmer james feigen had given statements to police which the judge thought not convincing enough and caused the judge to issue a search and seizure to stop them from leaving the country. ryan lochte is back in the
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united states. his lawyer said he left and it was scheduled before the warrants were issued. nobody is reaching out to him to cooperate further. we are dealing with a confused pick picture in the early sunday hours. many are wondering how the men experienced an armed robbery, apparently, by people dressed as police carrying weapons, but still emerged carrying in their admission their cell phones. if you look at the cctv, which the judge cited in the statement pointing out how they seemed in her impression unshaken. you see they are carrying high value items. that left many brazilians and others suspicious. how do you keep things like that in your possession. a growing number of questions.
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that led to a court papers this morning and two taken off the plane. athletes at the top of the medal table. it seems questions asked right now, no suggestion of any major wrongdoing, but a very confusing and frankly bleak moment for an already blighted games. thank you. an attorney for ryan lochte is defending the swimmer speaking to cnn overnight. he pins the controversy over one of america's athletes who comes out and says something that happens to someone every day, doesn't mean they have a successful olympics. and a statement overnight saying the two will continue discussions today. and james feigen is in touch
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with police and make further statements today. we have seen media reports that two u.s. citizen athletes were detained. we will provide more appropriate consulate assistance. new details emerging of who led to the shakeup and how it went down. sources telling cnn that jared kushner cut his vacation short to name two new people on his team. kellyanne conway and steve bannon from breitbart. paul manafort is quote being
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sidelined. for the latest on all of this, let's go to cnn's sara murray covering the trump campaign. >> reporter: good morning, christine and george. it is another reset for the trump campaign. the reason trump did all of this, sources tell us, is he was frustrated with the direction his campaign was going. he did not necessarily trust the advisers and he felt he was straying in trying to please the washington establishment. today, we'll get our first test of the leadership. trump is campaigning in north carolina. some sources said this new regime means trump can get back to basics. he can hold the big rallies and go with his gut instincts. he can speak off the cuff. when i spoke to kellyanne conway, she added a note of caution. >> one, this is the issues that americans want to hear about. they want to hear about
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combating terrorism and bolstering national security and doing better than obamacare which the public doesn't support. there are two candidates in the race, not one. this election is somehow becoming a referendum on donald trump. if you go in the ballot box and it is trump, yes or no, it is not. i know they are not talking to the press. she won't give you a press conference. >> reporter: we will see if the advisers will be enough to turn around what are pretty unfortunate polling numbers for him right now and all of the battle ground states. kellyanne conway says it is no reason to panic. that may be cold comfort to the republican establishment increasingly worried about the polling. back to you. >> sara, thank you.
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on the democratic side, hillary clinton is mocking the trump campaign overhaul. she targeted trump's economic plan as welfare for the wealthy. at a campaign rally in ohio, clinton spotlighted her proposal to tax the wealthiest of americans. her campaign fending off questions about the state department under clinton's leadership and whether it showed favoritism to the clinton foundation donors. we have the latest from joe johns in cleveland. >> reporter: george and christine, hillary clinton here in cleveland hammering the republican nominee for choosing the head of breitbart to lead the campaign. mrs. clinton making the case, no matter what trump changes in his campaign, he will still be trump. >> i think it is fair to say that donald trump has shown us who he is. he can hire and fire anybody he
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wants from his campaign. they can make him read new words from a teleprompter. but he is still the same man who insults gold star families, demeans women, mocks people with disabilities and thinks he knows more about isis than our generals. >> reporter: meanwhile, the clinton campaign is responding to new documents suggesting shortly after mrs. clinton stepped down as secretary of state, the state department considered a land deal linked to a billionaire linked could the clinton foundation. she said there was no quid pro quo and the deal did not happen. mrs. clinton also continuing to go after donald trump on why he won't release his income tax returns folding that into an argument suggesting he is out
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for himself in this election. george and christine. >> joe johns, thank you. a substantial amount of material from the fbi appears to be unclassified and could be made public according to chuck grassley. he has ordered to sort the classified and unclassified material to release as much information as possible. notes from fbi agents who monitored clinton and her top aide huma abedin. and target is spending $20 million to expand bathroom options in all of the stores. this is after complaints and small protests over target's bathroom policy. it let's transgender customers and employees use whatever bathroom. some are voicing support.
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target's solution is to make separate bathrooms for customers who need more privacy like parents with small children or transgenders who are uncomfortable. target says it is all about inclusion. it wants everyone to feel comfortable. the stock down 6% yesterday. big drop yesterday after reported a drop in sales last quarter. targ t i have to tell you, a lot of conversation online on target's announcement spending $20 million to give the bathroom options in the bathroom wars. a story we are following. trouble with the program to fight the spread of zika in florida. a plan is ready to rollout, but many residents are against it. we explain why next. well, it was nice to see everyone.
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welcome back. a test plan to fight the zika virus through releasing genetically modified male mosquitoes has hit a snag. the fda approved the plan, but residents claimed they are being treated like lab rats. a non binding resolution will be on the november ballot delaying the start of the program. officials there believe the modified male mosquitoes will mate with females with their offsprings engineered to die before adulthood. the washington monument remains closed because of an elevator malfunction forcing visitors to walk down stairs in sweltering heat. this is the fourth time the elevator shutdown this summer. an electrical short circuit stranded people atop. the blue cut fire in san
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bernardino, california is spreading so fast, officials are warning 80,000 residents that the homes may be gone when they eventually return. take a look at the time-lapse video taken tuesday night. it shows the fire growing from 5 acres to 24,000. it is not clear how many structures have already burned. what about any relief ahead for the firefighters today? they need it. let's bring in meteorologist pedram javaheri for that. >> good morning, christine and george. you think about the firefighters, not much of a break in the forecast. friday is better as we will see blustery weather. you look at the lay of the land and elevated terrain. this is playing a significant role for the fires across the region. this afternoon, winds 20 to 25 miles per hour in spots close to the flames. they have taken the fire inside 36 hours gone from 0 to 40
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square miles of land consumed versus the city of san francisco being 47. literally almost the size of the city of san francisco. that is how much land it consumed in the day and a half. how about a taste of fall? across the upper midwest and northern plains, temperatures will cool off in the next couple days. minneapolis from 76. chicago close to room temperature. even in boston and new york, we bring it down to the low 80s. not quite fall, but improving. guys. pedram, thank you. there are questions about two american swimmers detained in rio days after they claim they were victims of an armed robbery. is that controversy casting a cloud over the games? we are live in rio next.
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good morning. welcome back. american athletes reacting after two american swimmers are pulled off a plane and forced to stay in brazil as their account of an armed robbery in rio comes into question. how will these developments effect morale for team usa? we have christina mcfarlane live in rio with more. >> reporter: good morning. it is a rather confusing picture here in rio. some people questioning why ryan lochte before allowing brazilian justice to run its course. it is not affecting athletes. we spoke to one who had been trying to reach out to lochte, but hadn't heard back.
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thi i think the athletes want to focus on the competition. it did not effect the performance. usa took gold and silver. yesterday by far was the clean sweep in hurdles. the first time in history the u.s. women took gold, silver and bronze. a storming final 15 meters. in a well timed lean to take bronze. they had been inspired by katie ledecky and simone biles. who wouldn't be? now usain bolt is having too much fun at the olympic games. he cruised to victory in the 200 meter semifinal and laughed joking with the second place finisher. an indication he could be set to
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take olympic gold on thursday night, but perhaps break his world record. it stands at 19.90 seconds in what was a big shock. justin gatlin and his teammate failed to qualify for the finals. it is all on usain bolt on thursday night. in the basketball arena, it will be a familiar foe for team usa who will play spain in the men olympic semifinal. they played them in the last two olympic finals. they were soon to get off the mark until kevin durant put up 27 points and drilling nine shots from the field for 105-78 victory. the number one seed versus the number two seed in the semifinal and spain looking to upset the 14-time champions. it wasn't gold, but kerri walsh jennings wasn't complaining when she picked up her medal
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alongside april ross. they beat brazil's number one duo in beach volleyball. and brazil missed out on the gold when germany triumphed in front of the brazilian crowd. jennings said she is not too old to compete in tokyo 2020. we have the battle of the so-called super humans on thursday. it will come down close with usa's ashton eaton to become the first to defend his decathlon medal. eaton put in a fine performance in the 400 expanding his lead at 121 points in the midway stage. he has five events this thursday. i don't know why anyone wants to
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do the decathlon. it sounds exhausting. >> we hope to see kerri for a long time. 40 is the new 30. >> decathlon. it is not all fun and games in rio. we have been reporting two members of the u.s. swim team taken off their flight by police. what's next for them? "early start" continues after the break.
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a stunning controversy at the rio games. two american swimmers taken off a plane and not allowed to leave brazil days after they claimed they were held up at gunpoint. why their story is now in doubt and what's in store for the americans? the latest reboot of donald trump's campaign is off and running. what is his new campaign manager saying and will we see big changes on the trail for the republican nominee? welcome back.
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good morning. this is "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm george howell. 31 minutes past the hour. breaking news to share with you from the olympic games. brazilian police pulling two american swimmers off their plane and seizing their passports. attempting to serve a warrant on ryan lochte. only to discover he already left brazil and police are trying to find another teammate. james feigen. his exact whereabouts are unclear. authorities say they want to question all four olympic swimmers about their report they were robbed by gunmen who they say were dressed as police officers. investigators also questioning the truthfulness of the report based on inconsistent statements. and on surveillance video purporting to show behavior after the alleged robbery. let's bring in cnn's nick paton walsh in rio. >> reporter: christine and george, this remarkable story
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has another extraordinary turn to it. two swimmers who have not been questioned by brazilian police involved in the remarkable instance sunday morning where they said they were robbed by men dressed as police. the two individuals have been taken off a plane back to the united states by brazilian police. now as far as we understand, from a police source near the airport, they have been questioned. their passports have been taken from them. they are allowed to go around brazil, but it is not clear when the passports will be given back. earlier today, we heard from a rio judge that ryan lochte, one of the most famous american swimmers at the games and his fellow swimmer james feigen, had given steeatements to the polic
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that the judge thought were suspicious. that caused a search and seizure of passports. ryan lochte is back in the united states. he left which was scheduled before the warrants were issued. before anybody sought to ask him questions. nobody is reaching out to him to ask him to cooperate further. we are dealing with a confused picture with what happened in the early hours of sunday morning. many we spoke to today are wondering how they experienced an armed robbery by people dressed as also carrying weapons and still emerged from the incident and still carrying their cell phones. if you look at the cctv in which the judge cited pointing out how they seemed to be unshaken after the ordeal. you see they are carrying high value items. that left many brazilians. how did you get through an armed
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robbery and still keep things like that in your possession. it is adding to a growing number of questions. that led to the court papers this morning. now two athletes taken off the plane. athletes at the top of the medals table. it is their word against rio authorities. it seems at the moment. simply questions asked right now. no suggestion of any wrongdoing. a very confusing and bleak moments for an already blighted games. christine and george. >> nick, thank you for that. an attorney for ryan lochte speaking to cnn. he pins the controversy on the host nation saying, when you have one of america's athletes who comes out and said something happened to him that happens to people there every day, that doesn't look good for a country trying to have a successful olympics. the u.s. olympic committee saying the two will continue discussions with law enforcement
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today. the u.s. oc says they are in touch with police and will make further statements. the u.s. is on the case as well, but tight lipped. we have seen media reports that two u.s. athletes were detained. we stand ready to provide all appropriate consulate assistance. we will have more, including the women's sweep in the hurdles later. and the latest reboot is now under way. details coming to light of what led to the shake up and how it happened. sources tell cnn donald trump's sources say jared kushner cut his vacation short to shake up the campaign management. hiring kellyanne conway and steve bannon from breitbart.
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manafort is quote being sidelined. he sent out a staff memo calling the revamp an exciting day for team trump. for the latest, let's go to cnn's sara murray covering the trump campaign. >> reporter: it is another reset for the trump campaign. the reason trump did this is because he was frustrated with the direction his campaign was taking. he didn't feel he could trust the advisors and he was straying from the outsider image. today, we'll get our first test of what this new leadership looks like. donald trump is campaigning in north carolina. some sources said this new regime means trump can get back to basics. he can hold the big rallies and go with his gut. when i spoke to kellyanne conway last night, she added a note of caution to that. >> we are trying to remind
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everybody of two things. one, the issues that americans want to hear about. they want to hear about combating terrorism and bolstering national security and doing better than obamacare that americans still don't support. of course, talking about immigration and education in the next couple weeks. and there are two candidates in the race. not one. that this election is somehow becoming a referendum on trump. if you are going to the ballot box and think it will say donald trump yes or no. it will not. i know hillary clinton supporters are protecting her by not talking to the press. she won't give you a press conference. >> reporter: we will see if a new set of advisers may be a slightly different donald trump on the stump will be enough to turn around what are pretty unfortunate polling numbers for him right now. kellyanne conway says there is no reason to panic. it is august. not october. that may be cold comfort to a number of republican
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establishment folks and operatives getting increasingly worried. back to you. >> sara, thank you. on hillary clinton's campaign, she targeted trump's economic plan. she called it welfare for the wealthy. clinton laying out her tax plan spotlighting the proposal to tax the wealthiest americans. her campaign fending off questions of the state department and whether it showed favoritism to clinton foundation donors. we have the latest with joe johns in cleveland. >> reporter: george and christine, hillary clinton hammering the republican nominee for choosing the head of the conservative news site breitbart to lead the campaign. mrs. clinton saying no matter what donald trump may change in the presidential campaign, he will still be donald trump. >> i think it is fair to say
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that donald trump has shown us who he is. he can hire and fire anybody he wants from his campaign. he can make him read new words from a teleprompter. but he is still the same man who insults gold star games, demeans women, mocks people with disabilities and thinks he knows more about isis than our generals. >> reporter: meanwhile, the clinton campaign was responding to new documents suggesting that shortly after mrs. clinton stepped down as secretary of state, the state department considered a land deal linked to a billionaire who gave $1 million to the clinton foundation. the campaign said there was no quid pro quo. the deal never happened and blasting citizens united. the group that brought the information to light. mrs. clinton continues to go after donald trump on why he won't release his income tax
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returns. folding her attacks on her economic plan into an argument suggesting he is out for himself in the election. george and christine. >> joe, thank you. a substantial amount of material from the clinton e-mail investigation that has been delivered to congress by the fbi is unclassified and could be made public according to chairman chuck grassley. he ordered staffers to separate the classified and unclassified materials in order to release as much of that information as possible. those documents include notes from the fbi agents who monitored interviews with clinton and her top aide huma abedin. time for an early start on your money. we could see another day of record highs for stocks. dow futures pointing higher. won't take much. slim gains yesterday. a solid gain today to produce another trifecta.
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oil now above $47 a barrel. the federal reserve dropping hints that a rate hike may be coming soon and that's a sign of confidence in the american economy. during the last policy meeting, some members were ready to act. the group decided against the increase. this week, two fed members say a rate hike is likely this year. now putting more money in a rate hike by the end of the year. a 42% chance of a hike by december. that is up from 35% a week ago. the chances of a rate hike before that are still low. when the fed raises that short-term, it can raise the cost of borrowing money from home loans to car loans to credit cards. revolving debt. it is incredibly important when the fed makes a move like that. they have been on the sidelines for some time. they are concerned about the health of the economy, jobs are doing well, looks like the fed is comfortable.
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>> good. a situation we're following. families concerned about the zika virus. there is a program to stop that in florida. it is hitting a roadblock. why protests are hitting that plan. as "early start" continues.
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a test plan to combat the zika virus by releasing genetically modified male mosquitoes in the florida keys has hit a snag. the fda approved the experiment earlier this month, but residents of key haven protested claiming they are being treated like lab rats. health officials believe the modified male mosquitoes will mate with wild females and the engineered offspring will die before adulthood. the death toll is rising in
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louisiana. at least 13 people are confirmed dead there. homeland security secretary jeh johnson will survey the damage you see there. more than 70,000 people registered for assistance under the federal disaster declarati n declaration. the blue cut fire is spreading so quickly, officials are warning more than 80,000 residents their homes may be gone when they return to their neighborhoods. this time-lapse video was taken tuesday night. the fire growing from 5 acres to 25,000 acres in just 24 hours. forcing the evacuation of 35,000 homes. it is not clear how many structures have already burned. that tells a story. >> you look at that video. this fire is spreading fast. the question now is there any relief in sight for the
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firefighters? let's bring in meteorologist pedram javaheri with the look at that. >> george and christine, you know when you think about the firefighters across the region, it will improve. thursday is not the day, but over the next four days, we see conditions as far as the temperatures going down about a degree or two every day and eventually the winds will calm and humidity will go up. all good news friday into saturday. notice thursday afternoon, 20 to 25 miles per hour. when the fire is cresting, gusty winds come unimpeded. you have little friction. embers will be transported and that creates the spot fires that allows the fires to explode. that is something worth noting. look at temperatures. you will see a cooling trend for much of the country. 86 in minneapolis today. 86 in chicago. the taste of fall kicks in over
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welcome back. american athletes reacting this morning after two american swimmers are pulled off a plane and forced to stay in brazil and their account of an armed robbery in rio now in question. let's bring in cnn's christina mcfarlane live in rio. christina, how will this affect morale for the team usa overall? >> reporter: as you can imagine, george, it is confusing here in
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rio. some questioning why ryan lochte to leave the country before the justice system run its course. it is not affecting the athletes. we spoke to one who had been trying to reach out to lochte, but hadn't heard back. i think the athletes wanting to focus on competition and distance themselves from the situation. certainly doesn't seem to effect the performances on wednesday. among other things, gold and silver in the long jump and gold and silver in equestrian. and by far, the 100 meter hurdles sweep. the first time the american women taking gold, silver and bronze. a storming final 50 meters in a well-timed lean for the bronze. they had been inspired by katie ledecky and simone biles. let's face it, who wouldn't be?
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usain bolt is having fun at the olympic games. he cruised in the semifinals and laughing over the finish line with de grasse. he could take gold on thursday night and also break his own world record which stands at 19.90 seconds which he set in 2009. in what was a shock, his rivals, justin gatlin and johan blake failed to qualify for the finals. all eyes on bolt tonight. meanwhile, it is a familiar foe for team usa in the basketball arena who will play spain in the men's olympic semifinals. they faced spain in the last two olympics finals. they were slow to get off in argentina in the quarterfinals until kevin durant drilled nine shots from the field for a 105-78 victory. it is number one and two seeds
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with spain looking to upset the 14-time olympic champions. now it wasn't gold, but kerri walsh jennings wasn't complaining with the fourth olympic medal with teammate april ross. elsewhere, brazil missed out on the gold. can you imagine? germa germa germany got gold. jennings said 42 years of age doesn't sound old to her. that will be the age if she comes back in tokyo 2020. looking ahead to thursday, the battle of the super humans will come to a close with usa's ashton eaton. he is looking for the decathlon finish. he expanded his lead to 121 points to the half way point. ten events over two days.
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it is enough to make me want to lie down in a dark room, george. >> christina, the sun is starting to rise. another day of competition. thank you for your reporting. let's get an early start on your money. stock market could be back in rally mode. dow futures pointing higher. europe and asia mixed. oil providing some optimism. back above $47 a barrel. small gains. after minutes from the fed reserve meeting, they dropped a hint they are ready for a rate hike. job cuts. cisco cuts 5500s positions. that is 7% of the global work force. the move makes room for cloud computing and internet of things. that brings total job cuts in tech sector to 63,000 positions.
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these cuts have been rumored to be more than twice that amount. inve investors were disappointed. watch cisco today. it has performed well with the broader tech sector gaining 13% year to date. cisco forced to put out an advisory that producing are vulnerable to hacking and spying from the nsa. the big question in health care. did se traetna drop the obamaca coverage after the merger issues? we believe we need to leave the public exchange and plan for additional business efficiencies should our deal be ultimately blocked. this letter was released after the freedom of information act request. so watch the drama there in the
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obamacare exchange. "early start" continues right now. >> there is a big olympic controversy brewing in rio. two american swimmers yanked off a plane unable to leave brazil amid questions about an armed robbery they reported days earlier. why is there account in doubt and what are olympic athletes saying? donald trump's campaign reboot off and running. how soon we might see a new version of trump being trump on the campaign trail. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm george howell. august 18th. breaking news from rio. brazilian police pulling two american swimmers off their plane back to the united states and seizing passports. also attempting to serve a warrant on ryan lochte, o

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